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Postdoctoral Scholar at The Humanities and Social Change Center

Humanities and Social Change Center, University of California at Santa Barbara

Job category Postdoc or similar / Fixed term
AOS Humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences
AOC Open
Workload Full time
Vacancies 1
Location Santa Barbara, California, United States
Start date September 1, 2020
Job description

The Humanities and Social Change Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, invites applications for the position of postdoctoral scholar for the academic year 2020-2021.

The Postdoctoral Scholar appointment is a full-time training program of advanced academic preparation and research training under the mentorship of a faculty member. The postdoctoral scholar will work under the guidance of the Center's Director and Steering Committee members on advancing the scholar's individual research and publication agenda while their own work contributes to the Center's collective inquiry into questions of human finitude, fragility, and mortality. Duties include: focused work on the scholar's current research project(s); active participation in the Center's research seminars, visitor lectures, colloquia, and conferences; the research and completion during the academic year of a chapter-length essay (or other comparable creative project) directly on the year's theme. The position permits the teaching of two undergraduate courses during the academic year in the appropriate teaching title.

We seek applicants from all fields in the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences whose work contributes to our year's thematic focus, which we understand to emerge against the background of a culture marked increasingly both by apocalyptic sensibilities regarding environmental and socio-political degradation and by techno-utopian projects often aspiring to omniscience, omnipotence, or even immortality for the human subject. With such background in mind, we seek scholars and projects attending to the significance of human finitude, fragility, and mortality as these bear on matters such as modern and contemporary understandings of time, history, and responsibility to the future; human relations with the natural world; and the roles played by science and technology in shaping contemporary human experience. Along these and related lines, we are especially interested in connecting our work on human finitude, fragility, and mortality to scholarship and debate concerning the character of "secular" life and to reflection on the meaning for such life of dispositions, values, and virtues such as humility, gratitude, faith, hope, and love.

The postdoctoral scholar is a one-year appointment beginning September 1, 2020 with the possibility of renewal. Salary is based on UC salary scales and candidate qualifications. Applicants must have completed all requirements for a PhD (or equivalent) except the dissertation in any field from the humanities or humanistic social sciences granted from an accredited university within the last five academic years at the time of application. PhD required by time of appointment. The Postdoctoral scholar is required to be in residence for the entirety of the Center's 2020-2021 program. The Center is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

Primary consideration will be given to applications completed by April 28, 2020. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted to https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF01776 and should include:
—Cover letter summarizing the applicant's intellectual interests, scholarly training and their relevance to our year's theme
—Project proposal: brief (750 word maximum) but precise summary of a chapter-length written project (or, if appropriate, art, film, or other creative project) on our year's theme, to be researched and brought to completion by the applicant during the 2020-2021 academic year.
—A writing sample
—A minimum of two letters of recommendation; a maximum of five. Letters are to be submitted by writers directly to the UC Recruit system.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

How to apply
Application type Online
Web address to apply https://apptrkr.com/1868340
Deadline for full consideration: April 28, 2020, 12:00am PST

(applications under review)

Hard deadline No deadline specified (applications considered on an ongoing basis)
Web address for more information http://www.ucsb.edu/
Time created April 1, 2020, 4:40pm EST
Scheduled expiry date October 16, 2020, 1:23pm PST
Last updated April 30, 2020, 3:23pm EST
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